Semi-Detached. Stuart (Lee Mack). Copyright: Happy Tramp Productions.

Semi-Detached

BBC Two sitcom about a hapless middle-aged father. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2019 - 2020. Stars Lee Mack, Ellie White, Samantha Spiro, Patrick Baladi and others.

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Semi-Detached. April (Ellie White). Copyright: Happy Tramp Productions.

Ellie White interview

Ellie White talks about playing 'champagne hippy' April.

What can you tell us about Semi-Detached?

It's a very funny comedy show about a man called Stuart and his chaotic family. Every episode plays out in real time, over the course of half an hour. It's basically Lee Mack having a breakdown every week - what's not to love there?

What appealed to you about the series?

A very funny script, Lee Mack playing the lead (he's a laugh, isn't he?) and the chance to hold a very sweet baby without having any real responsibility for it.

How would you describe your character?

April is a posh hippy - maybe the worst kind of hippy - a champagne hippy if you will. She loves yoga and meditation but she prefers them if they're conducted in very expensive spas.

Semi-Detached. Image shows from L to R: Stuart (Lee Mack), April (Ellie White). Copyright: Happy Tramp Productions.

Does filming in real-time present any challenges?

You have to do a lot of takes to get every possible angle so you can cut it together properly. That sometimes can test your patience but everyone was so great and funny I enjoyed watching bits again and again.

In the first episode of the series, Stuart and April's relationship is different to when we last saw them, can you tell us a bit about this?

I think April's realised by the first episode that she and Stuart are not soul mates, and that maybe he's a bit old for her. So, there's a bit more tension, a bit more jeopardy.

How are they coping as new parents?

I don't think April notices anything has changed because she's completely in the clouds. Stu is definitely struggling.

How is it having a baby on set?

We had wonderful twins and, honestly, they barely cried and were just so sweet I couldn't believe it.

Can you describe the show in three words?

Fast and furious.

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Published: Saturday 1st August 2020